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Sungrazing Comets

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In this chapter, it is shown how simple analytical considerations of the Lidov-Kozai dynamics provide understanding for the origin of the cometary sungrazers and their pre-impact secular evolution.

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Fig. 6.1
Fig. 6.2

Notes

  1. 1.

    For a discussion of this non-conservation see Szebehely (1967).

  2. 2.

    A long-period comet is the comet with the orbital period greater than 200 years.

  3. 3.

    The numerical technique for construction of the Kozai diagrams is described in detail further on, in Sect. 7.1

  4. 4.

    The Hill sphere of the Sun is defined in Sect. 9.4

  5. 5.

    The disk tide is the tidal force arising due to the change of the Galactic gravitational potential with distance from the Galactic midplane.

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Shevchenko, I.I. (2017). Sungrazing Comets. In: The Lidov-Kozai Effect - Applications in Exoplanet Research and Dynamical Astronomy. Astrophysics and Space Science Library, vol 441. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-43522-0_6

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